|Born||Manhattan, New York, United States|
|Occupation||Writer, Film critic|
Born and raised in the New York City borough of Manhattan, McDonagh received her B.A. from Hunter College and her M.F.A. from Columbia University, where she co-founded and edited the Columbia Film Review. She was simultaneously working in the publicity department of the New York City Ballet under George Balanchine and Peter Martins, eventually becoming head of publicity. McDonagh's Irish-emigrant grandparents owned The Moylan Tavern, comedian and habitué George Carlin's real-life basis for the same-name bar on the 1994-95 Fox Broadcasting sitcom The George Carlin Show.
While writing articles and reviews for numerous publications, including Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, and Fangoria, McDonagh published her first book, the auteur study Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento (1991), which grew out of her master's thesis.
After leaving New York City Ballet to pursue a writing career, McDonagh taught film as an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Brooklyn College, during which time she completed Filmmaking on the Fringe: The Good, The Bad, and the Deviant Directors and The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time. Her freelance work during this period included film pieces for The New York Times.
She became senior movie editor of the TV Guide website in 1995, while continuing to contribute essays to such anthologies as the British Film Institute's The BFI Companion to Horror (Cassell, 1996), Fantasy Females (Stray Cat Publishing, 2000), Zombie (Stray Cat Publishing, 2000), and The Last Great American Picture Show (Amsterdam University Press, 2004), as well as to numerous film guides. In the mid-2000s, she wrote an occasional column on dance movies for the British magazine Dance Now.
Her book Movie Lust, third in the Sasquatch Books series begun with Book Lust by Nancy Pearl and Music Lust by Nic Harcourt, was published August 28, 2006. Later that year, she became the founding vice-president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She serves as well as a member of New York Film Critics Online.
McDonagh, who wrote the twice-weekly column FlickChick, helped initiate TV Guide's weekly podcast, TV Guide Talk, and co-starred with fellow editor/critic Ken Fox in a Friday vodcast, Movie Talk, left TV Guide in October 2008. She subsequently launched the website Miss FlickChick, and its accompanying blog.
McDonagh provides interviews and second-channel commentary on DVD releases, including for director Paul Schrader's Blue Collar, and liner notes, including for the Criterion Collection releases The Tunnel and the paired Corridors of Blood/The Haunted Strangler.
Panels and documentary appearances
McDonagh has appeared on panels for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of the Moving Image. She has lectured at the Huntington (New York) Arts Center, the Jyväskylä (Finland) Arts Festival, and elsewhere, and speaks at horror-film conventions, reflecting one of her specialties.
Other television appearances include NBC's Today and G4's Filter, and such documentaries as Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film for the BBC; Night Bites: Women and Their Vampires for WE: Women's Entertainment; Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror for IFC; and the Bravo miniseries 100 Scariest Movie Moments and its 2006 sequel, 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments; 2008's Zombiemania; and, in 2009, Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror, for Canada's Space network.
Film festival juries
In the media
A character in one scene of writer-director Lucky McKee's movie May (2002) can be seen reading McDonagh's Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds, as does the character Domini in the final issue (#18, April 1994) of the Marvel Comics supernatural series Nightstalkers.
- Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, (London, England, Sun Tavern Fields, 1991; reissued New York, Citadel Press, 1994) ISBN 0-9517012-4-X
- Filmmaking on the Fringe: The Good, the Bad, and the Deviant Directors (New York, Carol Publishing Corporation, 1995) ISBN 0-8065-1557-0
- The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time: From Pandora's Box to Basic Instinct (New York, Carol Publishing Corporation, 1996) ISBN 0-8065-1697-6
- Movie Lust: Recommended Viewing for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason (Seattle, Wash., Sasquatch Books, 2006) ISBN 1-57061-478-4
- Pollak, Michael. "F.Y.I." (Sunday "The City" section), The New York Times, December 30, 2007
- Lovece, Frank. "Going, Going, Gone? Carlin goes for home run with comedy series that resembles his real life", Newspaper Enterprise Association via the Reading Eagle, February 16, 1994
- : Alliance of Women Film Journalists
- Maitland McDonagh (official site)
- Museum of the Moving Image: "It's Only a Movie: Horror Films from the 1970s and Today", June 16-July 22, 2007
- Zimmerman, Samuel. "Pretty Bloody explores women in horror", Fangoria Online, February 20, 2009
- NYAFF official site: "The Jury Duty"
- MissFlickChick blog: "I'm a Judge at the New York Horror Film Festival..." November 11, 2008
- Maitland McDonagh at the Internet Movie Database
- Alliance of Women Film Journalists: Maitland McDonagh page
- Interview with Maitland McDonagh at Behind the Couch